The benefits of a good discussion group

Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:00 a.m.

One of my duties at the Mount Pleasant Library is leading the Monday book discussion group. Before this, everything I knew about group interaction I learned and experienced in college and graduate school.

Learn the wonders of birding at your local library

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:28 a.m.

When I was in high school I dated a fellow who was a bird-watcher. In fact, his whole family were avid bird-watchers.

How did football become soccer?

Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.

On June 12, the term “Flying Dutchman” was mentioned more than once in the media and the reporters were not referring to the legendary ghost ship that's not able to make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Nor are they referring to André Rieu's music CD. Robin van Persie earned the nickname “Flying Dutchman” when …

What growth means to the community

Friday, June 27, 2014 9:12 a.m.

I read an article recently which said that Mount Pleasant was the ninth fastest growing area in the country. It seems everywhere I have lived tells that story.

How to find great books to read

Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.

My friend Susan recently pointed out a new book that just arrived at our library, written by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. I was thrilled to discover it. It's called “Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books,” and it's a compendium of 10 years' worth of book reviews from Hornby's column in a magazine called …

Yoga: Strengthening the mind and the body

Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:39 p.m.

If the words Adho Mukha Svanasana, Bhujangasana and Ananda Balasana sound familiar, you are, in my eyes, a Yoga Guru. If Downward-Facing Dog, Cobra Pose and Happy Baby Pose are more recognizable, then you are probably participating in a yoga exercise program (the second set of names is a translation of the first set).

Take advantage of all the library has to offer

By Susan Frohnsdorff

Assistant Manager

Monday, May 19, 2014 10:04 a.m.

There’s never been a better time to be a Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) cardholder.

Growing knowledge: Books on gardening

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:00 a.m.

The first vegetable garden my husband and I planted was ready to harvest just as we were moving to a new state.

Honoring extraordinary literary works

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:26 a.m.

Every year, people are recognized for what they do best. In the film industry, actors and actresses receive awards for their performances. In the literary world, writers are likewise acknowledged for their work. Some of the more prestigious awards in literature are the Nobel Prize (international) and the Pulitzer Prize (American). Alice Munro was …

Take a trip in a book

Sunday, May 4, 2014 7:12 a.m.

As the weather warms up, many of us start to look forward to summer travels. Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or not, there’s always the opportunity to travel by way of books from the library.

Meet the staff: Brigitte Sidwell

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:50 p.m.

My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I’ve never seen her still. Whether she’s shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee or processing our “daily shipment” from the Main Library and other branches, Brigitte reminds me of a bird flying from task to task with great efficiency.

Book Discussion Groups

Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Recently, librarian Michael Nelson wrote a column about the library's book discussion groups and their value in giving people an opportunity to share ideas and opinions. Discussion groups have become very popular all over the U.S. in the last 20 years or so. These groups meet in libraries, homes, churches, colleges, community centers, restaurants …

April is Autism Awareness Month UPDATED

Monday, March 31, 2014 3:17 p.m.

Autism is a word that pops up on a regular basis on the news, in newspapers and even during conversations with friends, family and colleagues. It is not surprising that this disorder gets more and more attention – based on statistics accumulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 88 children has been identified …

Share the gift of reading

Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:30 a.m.

Are you enthusiastic about reading? An advocate for literacy? Good with children?

Escaping through literature UPDATED

Friday, March 21, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Libraries are espoused as bastions of escapism. People read for many reasons, not the least of which is to take away the stress of the day. Going to a different place and time for a while is the mission of patrons in public libraries around the nation.

Between the stacks UPDATED

By Mirjam Veldkamp

Friday, March 7, 2014 10:15 a.m.

Every Friday while driving to work, I listen to StoryCorps on NPR. StoryCorps gives Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to …

Between the stacks UPDATED

by Jen McQueen

Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:25 a.m.

My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I've never seen her still. Whether she's shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee, or …

Between the Stacks UPDATED

Monday, February 17, 2014 12:17 a.m.

One of my favorite services offered by the library is the free music offered online. If you have a library card, you are allowed to download three free songs each week, and you don't have to return the songs – you can keep them forever!

Many names will be among the ones commemorated during the month of February

Monday, February 10, 2014 2:47 p.m.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” did not receive one Oscar nomination despite an A-list cast. When asked about the so-called “Oscar snub,” Oprah Winfrey, who plays the butler’s wife, answered that she made the movie to tell a story. This remarkable story is about the life of an African-American butler who served eight presidents in the White House …

Month all about lovers at library UPDATED

Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00 a.m.

February is Library Lovers' Month – a month-long celebration of libraries of all types: school, public and private. Intended as a time to recognize the value of libraries, it's also a great opportunity for those of us in libraries to share with you some of the services and resources that you might not be aware of.

Genealogy searches a popular hobby

Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:58 a.m.

When I was growing up there was a picture of my great-grandmother hanging in my grandparents’ house. I never paid much attention to it, but one day I found a copy of her obituary and that piqued my curiosity, and I began a life-long search to find my ancestors. Who were they, what were their professions, where did they come from, and why and when …

You won’t be shushed at the library anymore

Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:45 p.m.

If you’ve visited the Mount Pleasant Regional Library in the last five to ten years, you know that the days of shushing, hair-in-bun librarians are over. Those librarians morphed their frowning, finger-to-lips countenances into smiles, and transformed their whispered “Shhhhh,” into an audible “Hi, may I help you?”

Between the Stacks

Friday, January 10, 2014 11:45 a.m.

It’s a sad reality that as homework and assigned readings increase, recreational reading decreases for many teens. A book needs to be extremely compelling to compete with the likes of social media, gaming, and video streaming, and apps provide a lot of competition to traditional reading. So the question is, How can we get kids to want to scroll …

Beef up on foreign policy with Great Decisions UPDATED

Friday, December 27, 2013 10:11 a.m.

What shall we eat tonight? What color are we going to paint the room that is recently vacated by my oldest son? How are we going to pay for a new car? What to do with all my Dutch books?

Enjoy the tradition of Three Kings Day

Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:56 a.m.

Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about holiday traditions, here is another one worth mentioning: Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, which is celebrated on Jan. 6. This is actually the 12th day of Christmas (counted from Christmas Day) when the season is officially coming to an end.

Memoirs of ordinary people can make great reading

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:07 a.m.

I love memoirs. In general, I don’t read memoirs of famous people, though. What I like are memoirs by people who are relatively ordinary people, but who have an interesting story to tell.

Pages: The unsung heroes of the library

By Susan Frohnsdorff

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:25 a.m.

Have you ever wondered how all the library materials get back on the shelves and in proper order? More likely, you’ve never given it a thought. Which …

Learn about other holiday traditions at library

Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:48 a.m.

It is again the month of December. It seems that the older you get, the faster the wings of time flap. One moment you are ringing in the New Year of 2013 with fireworks and champagne, and the next you are buying the same merchandise to celebrate the beginning of 2014. But before we are able to blow whistles and wear party hats, there are still a …

Find great gifts at Friends of the Library book sale

By Jen McQueen

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Sunday, December 1, 2013 8:06 a.m.

The Charleston Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the Charleston County Public Library system by …

YALLFest a great time for fans of young adult books

Sunday, November 24, 2013 8:05 a.m.

If you walked the streets of downtown Charleston on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the vicinity of the American Theater, Charleston Music Hall and Blue Bicycle Books, you were probably surprised to see a lot of people, especially young adults, waiting in line and carrying stacks of books. The reason they were standing there was that Blue Bicycle Books, …

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